Chateau Dietrich

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Monday, March 10, 2014

My Vinyl Attic - VA - Composite Drawing (1984)


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The vinyl sound great.  I actually opened up this record myself.  There are some good songs on this suckers. Foolish Love by Angel of the Odd is especially nice.  I couldn't find any mention of this on the Internet - so I know nothing about it. 

01 Ultra Violet Eye - Ruin My Life 
02 Spiderbaby - Twisted
03 Angel of the Odd - Foolish Love
04 Piano Moscow - Names & Noise
05 Riding Rails - You Tear Me Up
06 Malconteno - Secret Agent Man (Russian language version)
07 Climbing Thieves - A Riot in Dreamland
08 Picture This - Color Scheme
09 Investigations - Blind Eve 
10 Sacred Denial - Where's My Mom
11Mass Confusion - No Control
12 Earwax - Mary Poppins Hit a Power Line
13 The Necromantx - Red Light/Green Light
14 Acid Reign - The Tracks
15 Sosumi - Art Party
16 Damage - Grip
17 Artistic Decline - Media Lies/Your Kind of Leader

My Vinyl Attic - Smilin' Johnnie - Salute To Canada's Northland (1967)


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The vinyl on this is surprisingly good on side one.  I don't hear any real problems with it.  Side two has some issues, though not fatal.  The music has a certain rustic, Stompin' Tom charm.  I had this album sent to me by my father - who lives in Saskatchewan.  Lucky me - this is a wonderful copy. 

01 Up North
02 Northward Bound
03 Ike-A-Wanna
04 Northern Lites Waltz
05 Lure of the Arctic
06 Red River Jig
07 I've Been There
08 The Call of the North
09 When the Ice Worms Nest Again
10 North to Alaska
11 I'm Going North
12 Northland Jig

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Smilin' Johnie, joined here by his wife Eleanor Dahl singing the blues to country music through 40 years covering topics such as the depression, second world war, poverty, the moral decay in music, and perhaps the eventual collapse and degradation of Canadian society alltogether in the 1970's?

LUCKY - 'Smilin Johnnie' 1924 - 2010. Mr. John Lucky, was born September 2nd, 1924 at his families farm, located 8 miles north of Wroxton, Saskatchewan. A shy child who was always interested in music, he attended Brandon school, 2 miles from home, where that interest was nurtured by one teacher in particular, Fred Tetoff. Mr. Tetoff invited him to be a part of his dance band. Friends encouraged him to audition for a program on CJGX radio not long after the station started in Yorkton, and he was given an early morning show there. Some young fellows from St. Joseph's College asked him to lend them his sound system and drive them to their dance dates, the band eventually became Smilin' Johnnie and his Prairie Pals in 1946. The group worked out of CJGX for a time, then went further affield playing throughout Canada. After moving from Yorkton, Johnnie lived for a few years in Swift Current, Regina, North Battleford, and Saskatoon. Over the years, he found dances weren't as popular as they once were, so he began playing concerts. Those concerts and Johnnie's unique spirit of adventure found him becoming the first entertainer to take shows north of the Arctic Circle in 1963. The initial tour brought requests from other communities till the Smilin' Johnnie Show had played every community of any size in Northern Canada from west to east. In 1975, Johnnie married Eleanor Dahl and a year later they moved back to the family farm to be close to his parents who were aging. The years spent on the "farm" brought him much happiness, and to share the enjoyment of the place, he held Jamboree's there from 1988 till 1999. He still toured and entertained, and he ALWAYS kept planning for the future. In the fall of 2009 he got promotion ready, and was planning to tour with his grandson, Zachary-that plan was cut short by a stroke on November 5th, from which he never recovered.


My Vinyl Attic - Lee Kosmin - Stop the Clock (1983)


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There are a few tiny imperfections in this record though it mostly sounds great.  I got this at Rockaway - while it was a great store for CD's - their used vinyl was very up and down in condition.  I liked "I Went to America" but some of the other songs are a little Michael McDonald era Doobie Brothers for me.



01 I Went To America
02 Stop the Clock
03 Girl
04 Someone Does
05 Something for Nothing
06 Your Turn Now
07 What's It To You
08 Too Many People
09 Getting So Exciting
10 Good For Your Head
11 I Just Can't Go On


My Vinyl Attic - FX - Personal (1985)


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The vinyl sounds great on this record.  The music isn't bad.  Very 80's but that isn't always a bad thing. 
I can't find anything on these guys on the web.  Anyone?


A1 Maybe
Written-By – John McCubbery, Wayne Jones (6)
3:57
A2 Will It Always Be (This Way) 5:21
A3 It's Over 4:01
A4 Getting Better 3:33
A5 Only You 3:53
B1 I Hate The Night 4:08
B2 Wouldn't Believe 5:10
B3 Hide Myself Away
Written-By – John McCubbery
3:34
B4 Neighbours 4:17
B5 Children Of The City 4:29

Credits



Sunday, March 9, 2014

My Vinyl Attic - Pat Suzuki - Miss Pony Tail (1958)


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The vinyl is surprisingly good on this record.  I don't hear any real problems with it.  I probably bought this at Phi Beta records on Ventura.  One of the truly, truly great vinyl stores.  I so regret its passing.
The music on this is lively and enjoyable. 


The Song Is You
Star Dust
                                   Black Coffee
Anything Goes
I've Grown Accustomed To His Face
Daddy
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
As Time Goes By
How High The Moon
The Lady Is A Tramp
Be My Love
I'll Never Smile Again

Info stolen from This Great Site    
                                           
Pat Suzuki (born Chiyoko Suzuki, September 22, 1930, Cressey, California) is an American popular singer and actress, who is best known for her role in the original Broadway production of the musical Flower Drum Song, and her performance of the song "I Enjoy Being a Girl" in the show.
Suzuki is a Nisei or second-generation Japanese American. She was nicknamed "Chibi", which is Japanese for 'short person' or 'small child', as the youngest sister.
A few months after the United States entered World War II, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt forced the Suzuki family and more than 110,000 other Japanese American residents of the U.S. Pacific coast states, to evacuate their homes and enter American concentration or detention camps. The Suzukis were sent to the Granada War Relocation Center in Colorado.
During the early 1950s, she attended college at San Jose State University. After moving to New York, she obtained a part in a touring production of the play, The Teahouse of the August Moon.
She subsequently secured a singing concert in a Seattle nightclub named The Colony. Bing Crosby attended one of her shows at the club in 1957. Her singing so impressed Crosby that he helped her obtain a recording contract with RCA Victor. She recorded several albums for RCA Victor, including the 1958 album titled The Many Sides of Pat Suzuki. She also appeared on several national network television programs, including The Frank Sinatra Show on ABC.
Her recordings and television appearances helped her land a lead role in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway production of the musical Flower Drum Song in 1958. Suzuki's rendition of "I Enjoy Being a Girl" is deemed to be the definitive recording. However, Suzuki did not appear in the 1961 film version of Flower Drum Song. Actress Nancy Kwan performed the role in the film and singer B. J. Baker dubbed her singing voice.
In 1960 Suzuki was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category, for her album "Broadway '59". Also in that year she married photographer Mark Shaw; they soon had a son, David, but divorced two years later.
Suzuki's studio haunting rendition of "How High the Moon" (music by Morgan Lewis and lyrics by Nancy Hamilton) is featured in the motion picture Biloxi Blues during the opening credits and when Eugene Jerome (Matthew Broderick) and Daisy (Penelope Ann Miller) dance. The recording is also featured in the film Eat a Bowl of Tea.
Throughout the 1970s, Suzuki appeared regularly on stage. She played the role of Ma Eng in the off-Broadway production of Frank Chin's The Year of the Dragon. She also appeared in Pat Morita's short-lived television sitcom Mr. T and Tina, the first sitcom starring an Asian American family.
In 1999, Taragon Records released The Very Best of Pat Suzuki on compact disc. The compilation album contained some of her best recordings for RCA Victor, including a performance of "Love, Look Away" (music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) from her 1959 album, Pat Suzuki's Broadway '59.
Her original LPs are on display at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington.
Suzuki continues to sing and act on stage in small and major venues such as Lincoln Center. She has actively supported Asian American civil rights

My Vinyl Attic - Scarlett and Black - Scarlett and Black (1987)


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The vinyl sounds great.  The music is a bit corporate for my tastes but above average. 

Tracklist :
01.You Don't Know (3:42)
02.Let Yourself Go-Go (3:45)
03.Dream Out Loud (4:53)
04.Someday (4:05)
05.What Is Love (4:50)
06.Miracle Or Mirage (4:26)
07.Yesterday's Gone (4:20)
08.Real Love (3:47)
09.If It's All The Same To You (3:58)
10.City Of Dreams (The Last Frontier) (4:40)

My Vinyl Attic - John Otway And Wild Willy Barrett - Deep and Meaningless (1978)


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The vinyl sounds great on this album.  It was bought at Moby Disc on Ventura, back in the day.  There's just something charming about John's musical madness and there's no better song in the world that Beware of the Flowers.  

A1 Place Farm Way
Written-By – Otway*
A2 To Anne
Written-By – Otway*
A3 Beware Of The Flowers ('Cos I'm Sure They're Going To Get You Yeah)
Written-By – Otway*
A4 The Alamo
Written-By – Bowers*
A5 Oh My Body Is Making Me
Written-By – Otway*
B1 Josephine
Written-By – Otway*, Harry*
B2 Schnot
Written-By – Otway*
Medley
B3.1 Riders In The Sky
Written-By – Jones*
B3.2 I Wouldn't Wish It On You
Written-By – Otway*
B3.3 Riders In The Sky
Written-By – Jones*
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B4 I Wouldn't Wish It On You
Written-By – Otway*
B5 Can't Complain
Written-By – Otway*

Credits


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John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett is the 1976 debut album by English folk singer-songwriter duo John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett. Released first on their own Extracked Records, the album is a collection of recordings made between 1971 and 1976.
Recording began with a series of sessions at Pete Townshend's Eel Pie Studios in which The Who guitarist contributed as an arranger, producer and performer. Townshend produced the first two Track label singles by the duo, "Murder Man" and "Louisa On a Horse", which were included on the album.
A third single, "Really Free", reached No.27 in the UK charts in December 1977 after the pair performed a set live on the BBC TV show The Old Grey Whistle Test. The performance was notable for an incident in which Otway vaulted on to a PA tower and overbalanced. The Independent reported: "He brought down the speaker stack but fractured no bones when he landed on the sharp corner of a bass cabinet, as the impact was cushioned by his testicles."
Polydor reissued the album after signing the band in 1977. The Allmusic website rated it seven out of 10, describing it as a patchwork collection that "dances on a peculiar precipice somewhere between folk and country, pop and pub rock".


My Vinyl Attic - Magic Mose and His Royal Rockers - Between Grief and Nothing (1983)


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The vinyl on this sounds really good.  This is a pretty good album.  There is almost nothing in the web about these guys.  Anyone?

A1 Dating A Nun (Let's Get Sirius)
Percussion, Performer [Sound Effects] – Erik Lindgren (2)
3:40
A2 Cellar Dweller
Harmonica – Richard Hunter
1:32
A3 It's So Dark Outside 3:22
A4 (...Suspence At 5:56)... 0:10
B1 Me, Or My Clone
Harmonica – Richard Hunter
2:15
B2 Too Busy Being 2:15
B3 D.$. Al Fine
Bass – Richard "Smitty" Smith Harmonica – Richard Hunter
6:15

Credits



My Vinyl Attic - Medium Medium - The Glitterhouse (1981)


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The vinyl on this record is excellent.  The music reminds me a little of The Gang of Four.  A little more funky that I usually care for. 

A1 Hungry So Angry
A2 Serbian Village
A3 The Glitterhouse
A4 Guru Maharaj Ji
B1 Further Than Funk Dream
B2 Mice Or Monsters
B3 That Haiku

Credits






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http://www.mediummedium.com


Post-punk/funk pioneers Medium Medium have reformed. Best known for "Hungry, So Angry," the 1981 dance club hit that paved the way for the current new wave of early 1980s-influenced bands, Medium Medium is working to put together a series of special reunion shows before the end of 2004

Formed in Nottingham, England just one year after the Sex Pistols' last show, Medium Medium's self-styled "extreme dance music" and "searing Zen funk" merged dance rhythms and staccato guitar with squawking sax and found sounds to create a "free-blown dubbed-up white funk" (NME) that positioned the band "at the forefront of the post punk funk movement" (Cashbox).

In February 1981, Medium Medium signed to Cherry Red and released "Hungry, So Angry," the band's second single. Dave Henderson (Sound International) wrote prophetically, "It could be one of the most important records of the type to emerge this year and will doubtlessly be revered as a classic after the group have long since departed." At the end of the year, influential music critic Robert Christgau (Village Voice) included "Hungry, So Angry" in his "Dean's List" of top singles for 1981.




















The band released one studio album, The Glitterhouse, in late 1981. Its stark, stripped-down dub and dance rhythms and chiming, funk guitar with occasional saxophone and other sounds, failed to attract a large following.

John Rees Lewis, the lead singer and saxophone player, left at the start of 1982 to form C Cat Trance with the original drummer Nigel Stone, who had left shortly before the release of "Hungry, So Angry". The remaining members, Andy Ryder (guitar/vocals), Alan Turton (bass guitar), Graham Spink (offstage special sounds) and the replacement drummer Steve Harvey, continued to tour and were later augmented by, first, Leslie Joachim Barrett (guitar/keyboards), then Julie Wood (keyboards). Forays into a fuller, more produced sound failed to earn the band a new record deal and Medium Medium split up in late 1983.

Inspired by a Cherry Red retrospective CD release in 2001 and the subsequent dance-punk revival, Medium Medium reformed in late 2004 for several live shows, including a showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York. No longer a full-time venture, the band has stated plans to continue to write, record and perform.


                                

My Vinyl Attic - Mader - Tangobidet (1984)


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The vinyl sounds really good.  The music is a little eccentric.  It reminds me a little of Lewis Furay but without the sense of humor.  There really isn't much about this artist on the web.  Anyone?

01 Lola
02 Autumn Leaves
03 Dance At Night
04 Sweet Little Baby Darling
05 Passo
06 Tango Mader
07 Loons
08 Love Me


My Vinyl Attic - Mad Parade - Mad Parade (1984)


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The vinyl sounds great.  Probably mint.  The music is lively and tuneful with the right amount of snot to make it fun.

A1 Court Jester
A2 Facing The Crowd
A3 Hollywood Vampires
A4 One Tin Soldier
Written-By – Brian Potter, Dennis Lambert
B1 Frightened Again
B2 I'm A Monster
B3 Real Horror Show
B4 Sex & Violence

Credits



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Mad Parade were one of my favorite So Cal bands in the 80s. Their shows were a kick, the lead singer Billy was tough, arrogant and swaggered around the stage with a sneer to rival Billy Idol. Although a punk band, their sound owed as much to The Who and The Jam as it did to the Pistols or The Damned. It was adrenaline igniting, pulse pounding, power pop in the spirit of 1977 punk rock. 

Their first, self-titled LP in 1983 is a classic piece of punk rock. The band's sound was sharp, but raw. Their second LP "A Thousand Words" dropped in about 1985/86, and had better production values which sort of took the edge off the band's sound. But, the songs were sharper, even better written, and showed Mad Parade's real potential. I was always surprised that they didn't break out and establish themselves as one of the top tier punk/alternative groups of the late 80s. This track is my favorite off of that second LP, "Calling Out." Billy is apparently not in the band anymore, and while they continue to record and tour, the lack of his vocals has sort of put me off the new stuff. Not that it's bad, it's just not classic.